Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!” as Want to Read:
The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,258 ratings  ·  162 reviews
In THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind-and explains ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Blood Sugar Solution, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Blood Sugar Solution

Why We Get Fat by Gary TaubesWhat's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective ... by Martha Char LoveWheat Belly by William  DavisNo Excuses, The Fit Mind-Fit Body Strategy Book by Lorii Myers5 Gears Diet by Diana Artene
Books that Improve your HEALTH
19th out of 129 books — 98 voters
Why We Get Fat by Gary TaubesGood Calories, Bad Calories by Gary TaubesWheat Belly by William  DavisDr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. AtkinsThe Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Jeff S. Volek
Best of Low Carb Books
33rd out of 63 books — 54 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Mar 14, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one, really
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Bill Clinton. Well, he's quoted on the jacket.
Shelves: non-fiction
Somewhat resembles a gluten-free, dairy-free carob-chip cookie with no sweeteners. Looks appealing, potentially good for you, but by the end, potentially a little hard to swallow. I will say this for it: at the heart of the book is a truth we all need to hear: Our lifestyles are making us sick.

Divided into six somewhat disparate parts, book sections include: Understanding the Modern Plague, a section on the diabetics epidemic with a strong implication that most of us are pre-pre-diabetic; Seven
Thanks Goodreads for the great giveaway!!! I’m on a diet similar to The Blood Sugar Solution, so when I heard about this book I thought it would be perfect for me. And it is to a point, but I can’t fully recommend this book due to its complexity. The first section of this book condemns the typical American diet & explains Dr. Hyman’s concept of diabesity. While I appreciate Dr. Hyman’s passion for this subject and agree with him on most points, this part of the book is an excessive 60 pages. ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Nancy added it
I'm not a health food nut. In fact, I love my diet cola more than the average American. I ordered this book simply because I'm going to Hawaii in a minute and I thought I might make some changes and look fantastic in a bathing suit.

Chances are slim, but there was a possibility.

Maybe because I'm new to the understanding-the-power-of-foods movement but I found the information a great launching pad for me. I accepted very early on that there was no chance I'd get my 23 year old body back I found th
Thanks to goodreads for sending me this great book! This is written by an MD so there is some in-depth info being covered, but I thought it was pretty easy to read and understand. He provides some startling statistics (especially about children's nutrition) that really are inspiring me to make some changes for my family. For example, the sugar consumption of an average person has gone up from 10 pounds per year in the 1800's to currently 150-180 pounds of sugar per person per year! yikes. Also, ...more
Experience Life
This book addresses one of the most important health issues of our time. And if you have friends or relatives who are struggling with their weight, or with high blood pressure and cholesterol, or other inflammatory conditions, we think you — and they — will want the guidance, perspective and practical wisdom this book provides.

We are currently in the middle of an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes — what Dr. Hyman calls “diabesity” — that threatens more than half of all Americans. Even more
Jan Lance
So far, it is saying what I have said for years that the medical community treats symptoms and not causes. Our body is similar to a finely tuned engine where all the components must be in balance otherwise problems will develop. I'm only one-third through the book and feel like what I'm reading has a lot of truth to it. Here is a statement from the book: In Chapter 6 Functional Medicine: A New Approach to Reverse This Epidemic: "The Question isn't 'What disease do you have?' but 'Which system or ...more
Author: Mark Hyman, MD
Publisher: Little Brown
February 2012
ISBN: 978-0-316-12737-0
Genre: Healthy living

THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION is a book for those individuals who want to be on an ultra-healthy program for losing weight, preventing disease, and feeling great. Dr. Hyman is the best-selling author of other medical books for the general public, and he maintains that fifty percent of all Americans have diabesity, which is the spectrum of imbalance ranging from mild in
Kate  Maxwell
This book had some good information; however, there were two aspects of this book that I had a problem with. The first is that is was a constant AD for his website, which, at the time of reading it, did not have all of the features that he touted. Once these features were up, you have to pay $175 to access them. I also had a problem with how Dr Hyman was trying to get people to self-diagnose and self-medicate, which I think are very dangerous prospects as a physician. It is one thing to make peo ...more
Interesting book on our eating habits and how some dietary deficiencies can be overlooked. Skip the first 40 pages, take the quizzes to find out what you may be lacking and if you don't want to follow his plan, at least consider some of the ideas he puts forth to support a healthier lifestyle.
Nothing new. Same info as always in all Mark Hyman books repeated over and over again. First time I read his book Ultrametabolism I loved it. This is pretty much same stuff packaged differently, targeted at people with more serious problems (what he calls 'diabesity').
Kristin Meekhof
This book provides a comprehensive blueprint for integrating pracitical tips to help you live a healthy life. The recipes are delicious and easy to follow. Buying the book just for the recipes is well worth your purchase.

One of the ways that we can become aware of our thinking is through journaling. Part of Dr. Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet includes keeping a journal. He offers some suggestions about what to write about each day. There is also an online community to provide you with support.

I will s
The ultra-healthy program for losing weight, preventing disease and feeling great now.
Dr. Hyman’s new book takes a look at Diabesity “a more comprehensive term to describe the continuum from optimal blood sugar balance toward insulin resistance and full blown diabetes”.
Diabesity is a globally affecting children through adults and is one of the leading cause in chronic disease today. To effectively get rid of it we need to take back our health.
Dr Hyman goes indepth on the myths of diabetes and
Autumn Blues Reviews
A great resource and wealth of information for anyone whatever their lifestyle.

First and foremost, don't let the title of this book fool you. You don't need to be a diabetic to benefit from the information Dr. Hyman provides in this book. Anyone who is looking to change their unhealthy eating habits will benefit from reading The Blood Sugar Solution.

Not sure if you have unhealthy eating habits? I can promise you will be surprised by all the eye opening information in this book. I thought I alre
Marjorie Elwood
I had very opposing reactions to this book. On the one hand, the recipes look delicious and the author lays out some helpful steps to take to lower blood sugar. On the other hand, he's a bit fanatic about the program and there doesn't seem to be any wiggle room to it. His program (the basic one, not even the advanced) involves, for at least 7 weeks, cutting out any kind of refined sugar or sugar substitute, flour, any gluten and dairy, alcohol, and caffeine. It was the last one that got me, prim ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Sophia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sophia by: Charlie Rose
Like President Clinton, I was inspired by parts of The Blood Sugar Solution, which I read after hearing Dr. Mark Hyman on the Charlie Rose show. I was inspired by the whole-system approach to address the root causes of chronic illness and the public health bent. This seems to align with the philosophy of Eastern medicine. In this book, Dr. Hyman argues that insulin resistance is behind most of the "diabesity" epidemic, which is driven by lifestyle, and can be reversed by extensive lifestyle modi ...more
I almost gave this book four stars, but then mentioning it deserves 4.5. I realized, however, when reflecting on the book that it really is a tour-de-force for personal health. If you want to feel happier and healthier more often, or need change your lifestyle due to health challenges, this is the book to read.

The Blood Sugar Solution is a program for reversing diabetes through lifestyle changes. It is more than a book for folks with diabetes, though. The amount of easily-digested (pun intended)
The Blood Sugar Solution is a very complex book about the effects of food, especially carbohydrates, on the blood sugar/insulin levels and in turn their effect on the health. It is full of information about different deseases that are caused by insulin imbalance and insuline resistance. However it is much more than a book for diabetics or those who are trying to avoid becoming diabetic, as it states a few cases in which everything from skin conditions, to depression and yeast infections can be c ...more
Thanks to the Goodreads First Reads program I was able to receive a copy of this wonderful book.

The first third of this book pieces together why we are a nation plagued by "Diabesity" - diabeties/pre-diabetes and obesity. It really got me riled up, exploring the connections between big food companies (i/e big processed food AKA JUNK) and big Pharma - they process the food that makes us sick, then the med companies step in to medicate us with stuff that kinda ok not really works. The connection f
The argument that low-fat diets are counterproductive has been gaining more recognition lately. This book offers a clear explanation of why and provides tools for losing weight and living healthier. It does cover some of the background behind U.S. food policies. Although this may not be new information, I thought provided the context for the rest of the book. I think it is interesting to contrast U.S. food policy with other countries. It seems that consumer response is critical if we expect food ...more
Something I discovered in both of my pregnancies is that I have Gestational Diabetes, while I am blessed for it to go away completely when I’m no longer pregnant… it is something I’ll have to deal with most likely every time I become pregnant. My mother has type 2 diabetes and it seems that whenever you reach a certain age in her side of the family that is bound to happen. It’s not surprising and it’s not rare, but it’s a factor of my life that I need to address.

While right now I’m breastfeeding
Lorie Steinfeldt
I found this book very eye opening! At first I thought it would take a while to read but once I started it I couldn't put it down. I have not offically started the six week program but will be starting soon. Mark does a great job of explaining the importance of good foods and how if eaten correctly a person's health will improve. At first I thought this book would only help those who are diabetic already, but I now have learned this book is for everyone. Knowledge is power and everyone deserves ...more
Barbara Day
I've been doing a lot of reading about nutrition. I saw Dr. Hyman on PBS which prompted me to read this book. He includes many links to his website which I am also using. I think this book is well researched although a little dry in places. I'm not sure I agree with Dr. Hyman about some of the electronic pollutants, or maybe I just don't want to think about it. I do think the the plan is do-able, and I am on week 2. He provides lots of supports between the book, his website, and additional resou ...more
I enjoyed reading this book, and got a lot of practical advice from it. I'm still figuring out what my personal food philosophy is, but I know it is along the lines of Dr. Hyman's blood sugar solution: eat lots of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables alongside lean proteins, some of which can be high-quality animal-based proteins, but most of which should be plant-based (ie legumes, soy, nuts). He emphasizes that quality is important in regards to everything we consume, and packaged/processed food ...more
Surely a lot of helpful information. But the diet would be impossible for me as an ovo,,lacto vegetarian, since the only sources of protein would be eggs, beans, and nuts. No dairy or grains is too restrictive, although I am cutting down and adding more exercise.
Nothing ground breaking if you follow Dr. Hyman at all. I agree the key to good health is going to be eliminating toxins and eating whole foods. I am doubtful that all he recommends is realistic if one has a family. I would like to think there is a happy medium.
2.5 stars

Very repetitive. I also find it annoying when I get a book and the author continually (and I mean all the damn time) points the reader to his website. Ugh. If I wanted to be online for this info, I would've done so. There are a few good things to be taken from this book, but not all of it was relevant to my situation, so maybe that's why I didn't care for it as much as other readers? I also cannot believe that the author and the editors attributed one of the quotes in the book to Robert
A life changer....can't say the the solution is entirely easy, but "simple," yes. Good stuff, and if you are a type 2 diabetic with autoimmune issues that seem to run out of control, Dr. Hyman's program gives one thing for sure: hope.
I just could not get past him making up his own "condition" called "diabesity." Every time I read that word my crackpot meter jumped up to its maximum reading!
RH Walters
Promising, confusing, tedious, provocative. I'm not really done with it but I'm embarrassed it's still on my GR page.
The term diabesity still gives me pause. Even though it was coined by an MD, I still don't like it.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Autoimmune Diseas...: April 2013 3 8 Apr 26, 2013 07:16AM  
  • Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health
  • The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
  • Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free
  • Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness
  • Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
  • The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why
  • Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America's Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It
  • The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions--Today
  • The Ultimate Conversation
  • The Juice Lady's Turbo Diet: Lose Ten Pounds in Ten Days�the Healthy Way!
  • The Belly Fat Cure: No Dieting with the NEW Sugar/Carb Approved Foods
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist's Guide to Living Well While Living It Up
  • The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction
  • You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late
  • One Question: Answers from America's Leading Voices for Every Stage of Life
  • Making Supper Safe: Why We've Lost Trust in Our Food and How We Can Get it Back
  • The 3-Season Diet: Eat the Way Nature Intended: Lose Weight, Beat Food Cravings, and Get Fit
  • Coffee is Good for You: From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets, the Truth about Diet and Nutrition Claims
Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are and www.ultr ...more
More about Mark Hyman...
Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss The Ultra Mind Solution: Automatically Boost Your Brain Power, Improve Your Mood and Optimize Your Memory The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body's Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life The UltraSimple Diet: Kick-Start Your Metabolism and Safely Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 7 Days

Share This Book

“In addition to single-gene genetic disorders, there are just five causes of all disease: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins, and allergens, all of which wash over our DNA causing changes in our gene expression, and turning off or on different genes and messages that affect our metabolism.” 0 likes
“My advice is to give up stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols such as xylitol and malitol, and all of the other heavily used and marketed sweeteners unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become an addict.” 0 likes
More quotes…